I’ll turn 50 in October and I’m not afraid to say I’ve been struggling a bit with this whole aging process. I’m not sure I am going to make a very good “old man” and while turning 40 really messed with my head, I have been afraid the big 5-0 would be even worse.
That was until this past week.
I had the opportunity to sit in on a 20-person or so get together with Phil Collen, lead guitarist of the rock band Def Leppard. Phil was a guest at a friend’s home while the band was in Dallas for a concert and the gathering turned into almost a mastermind session.
For loyal readers, you know how I feel about mastermind sessions with leaders and the opportunity to simply soak up knowledge.
Now, you may not think a rock guitarist is the type person to mastermind with, but this four hours was nothing short of amazing. Phil, his wife Helen and his friend (and bandmate in Delta Deep) Debbi Blackwell-Cook were some of the most authentic, inspirational people I’ve gotten to meet in recent memory.
Def Leppard is one of the world’s best-selling music acts having sold more than 100 million albums. That alone would be worthy of discussion, but Phil Collen is so much more than that. At 57, he looks like he’s 30, is a vegan and a fitness expert. As I watched and listened to him it was almost hard to imagine that he is just three years away from being 60-years old.
In addition to touring, writing and recording with his band, Phil is also an avid reader, has two other bands and is a Muay Thai kick boxer. And he’s 57-years old. “I choose not to get old,” he said during the session. “The fountain of youth is all in how you live your life.”
Collen is a devout non-drinker and literally pours himself into physical fitness and health. He finds a way to work out on the road and has simply chosen not to participate in the aging process. He keeps his body and mind sharp with personal development and his choices.
“You either poison yourself or you nourish yourself with every meal you eat,” he said.
When asked how he remains focused with so many different and diverse projects, he related how he consciously makes himself present in each of his endeavors. If he’s there, he’s there 100%.
By the end of the four hours it was easy to see how he could be doing what he does for another 20-years if he so chooses. He’s an amazing and truly genuine person.
Music. Fitness. Personal Development. He’s got it all.
And, I left not feeling so bad about turning 50. Maybe I’ve got a little left in my tank after all. I may never sell 100-million albums but I can impact a lot of people and after this past week, I’ve chosen not to get old.
Hey, it’s my choice.